UNITED BLOGGERS PHILIPPINES MAKING A ‘SPLASH’ LAUNCHING A NEW WATER PARK

Puerto Princesa City, Philippines (May 7, 2018) – Aquaplayparks.com, a home to the largest floating AQUA PARK in Philippines, in partnership with Kamia Bay Resort, recently concluded a successful bloggers collaboration which aims to promote the brand and create a social media audience and blog posts to drive visitors to climb, jump, crawl, launch, slide and splash their way around.

To achieve this, the aqua play team recognised that social media was an important channel to engage local communities and users with the news that Aqua Play Parks has been launched. Ms. Wilma Doesnt, model and actress was also invited to be part of the successful launching with the bloggers. Through reactive comments, boosted posts and generating unique visual and video content, Aqua Play has doubled the number of followers on Facebook and Instagram.

Held at the Kamia Bay Resort, the three-day event saw the participation of all the water park management based in Palawan and employees of Kamia Bay Resort. The Chief Executive Officer along with some staff was given an opportunity to interact with the bloggers during the activities. The aqua park team gave the bloggers the ultimate water park experience!

Watch this short video:

Home to extreme water slides and exhilarating attractions, and currently the largest of its kind in Philippines, Aquaplayparks.com has a ton of fun activities to offer and like the SlideZilla, Human Launcher, shaky bridges, slippery slides that are all meant to bring out the kid in all of us.

Peter Appleton, CEO and Owner of Aqua Play Parks commented: “First of all, I would like to thank all bloggers , and actress Wilma Doesnt, for attending in this three-day event and making it successful. We hope you have gained exciting experience into the aqua fun and insights about our company through this collaboration. It is very essential that our brand is working together with bloggers and media friends towards one goal and one spirit that is why we never miss to conduct such as this gathering,”

“We value the relationships our company has with bloggers, influencers and media – because the more coverage we can achieve that will be a mutual benefit for them and the property. They are and will always be our asset for us to promote our aqua park towards the guests and visitors,” he concluded.

Aqua Play Parks creates enormous “floating playground” for an exceptional value offering inflatable slides, runways, jumping pillows and bouncers all connected together and floating in a large, clean and refreshing seashore. It features swings, ramps, jumps, ladders, a trampoline, a slide, wiggle bridges, and so much more. There is a great variety of different shapes, sizes and functions, making the activity exciting and entertaining for everyone.

About AquaPlayparks.com :

AquaPlayparks.com is the largest manufacturer of inflatable water parks at the Pearl of the Orient Seas for a reason! Based in Philippines, the aqua fun park is managed by a group comprised of Canadian designers and unique inflatable makers since 1988 and are genuinely one of just a couple of pioneers in the inflatable leisure and amusement industry.

With the company’s immense industry experience, they have become the reckoned and largest manufacturers and exporter of supreme quality inflatable water slides that can be set into urban cities, shorelines (beaches) and resorts!

As one of the largest manufacturers of inflatable water parks backed up by state of the art engineering and dedicated team of technicians, AquaPlayparks.com represents considerable authority in the production and sales of aqua fun parks for all ages. Its unwavering commitment to safety and ethical business approach, and a reputation for making the most inventive and premium quality units accessible today, the raw materials and assembling innovation applied on its products and accessories are entirely consenting to the standards of America and the EU.

The company’s administration standards are top-notch products with competitive price, considerable service and having the speediest and most efficient response.

Follow Aquaplayparks.com for details. Follow their social media accounts for updates:

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PORTO LAIYA | SEASIDE LUXURY LIVING

Me with fellow male blogger friends doing a tableau by the beach
Me with fellow male blogger friends doing a tableau by the beach of Porto Laiya in Laiya, San Juan, Batangas

Last month, I got to spend a day with blogger friends in Porto Laiya, another prestige project from the developer of Mount Malaraya Golf & Country Club– considered as one of the top golf courses in the world. Porto Laiya is a private residential and beach resort community in Brgy. Ibabao, Laiya, San Juan, Batangas.

Below is a video clip that I prepared and posted on my Facebook Page featuring Porto Laiya:

For high definition, view this Youtube post:

The pick-up time was six am on a weekday in McDonald’s EDSA-Buendia branch in Makati City. I live in Cubao and for me to make it on time, I needed to be on the road by 5 AM to avoid the rush hour traffic to the Central Business District of Metro Manila. I have not had any proper sleep after long hours of editing a number of video projects and was feeling under the weather.

At 5 AM, I was still in bed and messaged my blogger friend Erica Poyauan of www.thegirlwiththemujihat.com if she was already on her way. She said she was having second thoughts because she, too, was feeling sick. We checked online again to find out more about Porto Laiya. In no time, I was in the shower preparing for another day of swimming, snorkeling and basking in the sun! Erica and I agreed that we should just go and enjoy! By six in the morning, I was already drinking coffee and had just finished my Sausage McMuffin in McDonald’s EDSA-Buendia branch while Erica… well… was nowhere in sight. She was still on her way, stuck in a horrendous traffic somewhere. She made it in the nick of time nonetheless.

By 7:30-ish in the morning, I was already inside the Active Group‘s van plying EDSA with the other bloggers and real estate agents. I rode shotgun with my backpack of equipment and drone. Hence, I pretty much was quiet and slept through the whole three-hour or so road trip.

The Southern Tagalog Arterial Road (also known as the STAR Tollway and CALABARZON Expressway)
The Southern Tagalog Arterial Road (also known as the STAR Tollway and CALABARZON Expressway)
Porto Laiya Road Signs
Porto Laiya Road Sign- STAR Tollway Ibaan Exit

It was a smooth and easy ride to Batangas. As we rolled towards Porto Laiya, I could not help my excitement to build up because of the Porto Laiya road signs that darted the road side starting from the STAR Tollway Ibaan Exit up to Porto Laiya’s Main Gate.

Porto Laiya is a 37-hectare piece of land comprised of commercial and residential lots.
Lot sizes range from 264 sqm to 508 sqm. The Phase I residential development of Porto Laiya has a total of 359 lots with sizes ranging from 240 sqm to 478 sqm. Phase II has 304 lots with sizes ranging from 214 to 703 sqm.
Lot prices range from Php 8,400 per sqm to Php 15,000 per sqm. The last remaining commercial/residential lot is 1, 354 sqm at Php 15,000 per sqm. Prices may change without prior notice.

Features and Amenities:

  • Landscape entrance gate with guardhouse
  • Concrete roads and gutters
  • Underground drainage system
  • Water tank and water distribution system
  • Electric post and power distribution
  • Basketball Court
  • Multi-Purpose Hall
  • 400 Meters Beach front

If you want to invest in a commercial beachfront property or want to enjoy the best of seaside living by being a residential subdivision owner, contact Marisse Tabor at +63-915-332-3193 and tell her you came across my blog. Marisse is a Licensed Real Estate Broker and she is willing and able to help you with your inquiries.

Upon arrival at the guardhouse, I could not help but be amazed by the Filipino-inspired contemporary international design of the property. I was in awe more so when we reached Tamarind Cove to register. Tamarind Cove is a privately-held club inside Porto Laiya.

Tamarind Cove, Porto Laiya
Tamarind Cove, Porto Laiya
Me at the Tamarind Cove in Porto Laiya
Me at the Tamarind Cove in Porto Laiya
Me having my peace and quiet in one of the huts in Tamarind Cove, Porto Laiya, Laiya, San Juan, Batangas
Huts by the beach in Tamarind Cove, Porto Laiya
Huts in Tamarind Cove, Porto Laiya

After lunch, it was time to enjoy the sun, sand and sea. We put on our swimming attires and went beachcombing for some Instagram shots.

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Porto Laiya has a 400-meter long beach
Porto Laiya has a 400-meter long beach.

And then it was time to go out into the sea for snorkeling. Off the beach of Porto Laiya is a coral sanctuary. How convenient is that for Porto Laiya residents?

In no time, everyone got on the bamboo raft except me. I needed to fly my drone and take some aerial footage for my vlog. By the time I was done, my friends were already at sea. The daredevil in me said, “I cannot not be on that raft and miss seeing the corals of Laiya!” So I gathered all my strength, grabbed my action camera, put on my goggles, and swam towards the boat. Halfway, I looked into the horizon and saw the still small image of the boat and my friends. With the strong current, I thought I would not be able to make it. The boat was just too far. I looked back at the beach and did some mental calculations. If I go back, I would still swim the same distance, be dead tired and would spend the whole afternoon regretting not being able to see the Laiya reefs teaming with marine life. Darn, I would rather be tired and happy than be tired and sad. So for dear life, I paddled and swam. From a distance, I could already hear my friends cheering me on. It felt like I was in a swimming competition. LOL. “Oh goodness, my mom would kill me”, I thought. Thanks to my fellow blogger, Bette Medina for recording the whole thing on video. 

Upon reaching the boat, my friends were ecstatic. Erica was so nervous and even thought that I could not make it. I, myself, could not believe that I made it. LOL. Surprisingly, I did not feel exhausted at all after that dash of a swim. Thanks to the adrenaline rush. We wasted no time and spent the rest of the afternoon at sea communing with nature.

Me and Erica at sea.
Me goofing around with Gus
Erica striking a pose
Stolen shot of me looking far into the horizon
Erica pa-cute

After snorkeling, we went for a quick dip in the Infinity Pool of the Tamarind Cove for some more Instagram shots.

Me and Erica in the Infinity Pool of Tamarind Cove, Porto Laiya

I am glad I pushed through with visiting Porto Laiya. Aside from getting to see this wonder of a place and getting to enjoy its amenities, I was able to meet new blogger friends and reunite with old ones.

Porto Laiya, Laiya, San Juan, Batangas
Porto Laiya, Laiya, San Juan, Batangas

Contact Marisse if you want to have a quick visit to Porto Laiya. You may also visit Porto Laiya’s Facebook Page here.

For information about the activities and rates in Tamarind Cove, click Erica’s blog here.

Signing out for now. Peace!

Me in the sun in Porto Laiya, San Juan, Batangas
Remember to wear sunscreen before going in the sun. Reapply every two hours or after swimming.

AIR ASIA’S THE RED HUB CONVENTION: CONNECTING DIGITAL NOMADS ACROSS ASIA & BEYOND

Yesterday, March 17, 2018, I had the most wonderful opportunity to attend and cover Air Asia’s Red Hub Convention at The Axon at Green Sun in Makati City, Philippines. Thank you Air Asia. As a BIG Member, it was a privilege and an honor to be covering this event.

Me attending Air Asia's The Red Hub Convention at The Axon, Green Sun, Makati City, Philippines
Me attending Air Asia’s The Red Hub Convention at The Axon, Green Sun, Makati City, Philippines

AirAsia, the World’s Best Low Cost Carrier, held a digital convention for digital nomads and entrepreneurs at the The Axon at Green Sun. The convention focused on the culture of digital nomads and how AirAsia connects them across Asia.

Air Asia Red Hub Convention Media Kit
Air Asia Red Hub Convention Media Kit

Who or what are Digital Nomads? They can vary from self-employed freelancers or full-time employees, often of start-ups. Digital nomads are internet-savvy individuals who earn their living from a distance. They usually move from one place to another from co-working spaces to coffee shops to beaches, both in Manila and in other parts of the world.

Me with fellow digital nomads: self-employed freelancers, full-time employees who move from one place to another locally and abroad.
Me with fellow digital nomads: self-employed freelancers, full-time employees who move from one place to another locally and abroad.

Yes, I am a digital nomad.

You see, I have been self-employed after leaving the corporate environment in 2016. With the lack of a better term then, I would call myself an online nomad, working outside cubicles and the usual working hours as an online content producer/creator.

Working on my laptop in my little nook at Air Asia's #Redhub Convention
Working on my laptop in my little nook at Air Asia’s #Redhub Convention

I first learned about the term digital nomad two years ago and how digital nomads, mostly foreigners, have crowded the internet cafes and coffee shops in Bali, Indonesia, sharing work spaces while waiting for the next wave to surf.

The term digital nomad or diginomad was all too foreign then.  It amazes me how fast it has become popular locally in just a span of two years. Now there are more virtual offices and co-work spaces and more jobs offering  flexible work schedules and work-from-home options.

Me with Aileen Dreyfuss, Air Asia Philippines' Communications Executive at the Red Hub Convention
Me with Aileen Dreyfuss, Air Asia Philippines’ Communications Executive at the Red Hub Convention

AirAsia Philippines CEO Captain Dexter Comendador welcomed everyone by how AirAsia supports the growing needs of these digital nomads in the workplace.

Air Asia Philippines CEO
AirAsia Philippines CEO Captain Dexter Comendador

AirAsia Philippines CEO Captain Dexter Comendador said “AirAsia aims to continuously provide better connection to our guests, not only through our massive network in Asia and beyond but also through innovative, digital, and mobile solutions so they can grow and expand their experiences and network on a regional scale. There is a lot of talent in the region which, to date, has lacked the access and opportunities that are readily available to budding entrepreneurs in the West. Through AirAsia Red Hub Convention, we aim to provide the platform and the environment to encourage, validate, and ultimately implement new exciting ideas.”

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The prominent speakers who graced the event were:

  • Pete Chareonwongsak – Regional Chief Operations Officer, AirAsia
  • Norhizam Kadir – VP, Growth Ecosystems Development, Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC)
  • Johannes Jaeger –Co-founder, Hack Horizon
  • Shahab Shabibi – CEO & Co-founder, Machine Ventures
  • Steve Munroe – CEO & Co-founder, Hubud
  • Mikko Barranda – CEO & Co-founder, Acceler8
  • Aarom Sarma – CEO, Touristly
  • Trisha Velarmino – P.S. I’m On My Way, Travel Blogger
Me and Kenneth Surat with fellow Travel Blogger and Red Hub Convention Speaker Trisha Velarmino who told us that being a Travel Blogger is a profession. Be proud. You worked and should continue to work for it.
Me and Kenneth Surat with fellow Travel Blogger and Red Hub Convention Speaker Trisha Velarmino who told us that being a Travel Blogger is a profession. Be proud. You worked and should continue to work for it.

The Red Hub Convention Speakers focused on 3 topics:

  • The Future of Work-  about the growth and expansion of the startup industry
  • Venture Adventures- focused on how the way we work is changing with the emergence of new, innovative economic models and how mobility has evolved to bring new opportunities for the workforce of tomorrow
  • Borderless Business- highlighted the opportunities and ease of doing business across borders, particularly for entrepreneurs in key startup economies such as Manila, Jakarta, Bali, Hong Kong, China
Facebook remains to be the biggest "nation" in the world with 2 billion active users.
Facebook remains to be the biggest “nation” in the world with 2 billion active users.

The Red Hub Convention came at a perfect time for Filipinos, especially with more people venturing into their own businesses. Manila is fast becoming one of Southeast Asia’s growing startup hubs.

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Fellow Travel Blogger Rona Beltran striking a pose.

Although the startup scene in the country may be young, it has a lot of potential for innovation and the recent convention encouraged our fellow Filipinos to step up and step out of their comfort zones.

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Red Hub Convention attendees doing an interactive activity after lunch

Through AirAsia, Filipinos now have the opportunity to explore business beyond borders while continuing to thrive in entrepreneurial pursuits. With Air Asia’s low-cost and efficient flying options, digital nomads can now easily travel across different cities in Asia and look for business opportunities. The Red Hub Convention was perfect for whether you’re a digital nomad, industry expert or social entrepreneur.

The convention ended at four in the afternoon. I had a grand time connecting with other digital nomads from different segments of the online world. I believe I gained enough confidence after learning that there is indeed a bright future for me as an Online Content Creator and a Travel Blogger. I just need to be authentic, consistent and persevering in publishing relevant online content for the 3.6 billion people who are online. Got to go! Every minute counts. I need to finish stuff here in the Philippines before I board a plane to Jakarta (of course, via Air Asia) tomorrow morning. Signing out for now. Peace!

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There are 3.6 billion people who are online per minute.

 

HERE’S WHY I MISS MISAMIS OCCIDENTAL

Just a heads up. This is a long post. LOL. If you do not have enough time to read, then scroll down for the two-minute-or-so video that I did for Misamis Occidental or click here.

Otherwise, read on…

Mindanao, the second biggest land mass of the Philippine archipelago of more than 7,100 islands, has always fascinated me. Personally, I think that Mindanao has not been given all these years the amount of attention it rightfully deserves. To many, Mindanao still remains a big mystery. Most of the news we got about Mindanao were about insurgency and war-torn places. But those are all in the past I believe.

It is high time that Mindanao be showcased as a tourist destination. With the current administration’s commitment to drive Mindanao’s tourism to new heights, there is no doubt that more people will begin to understand, appreciate and love this gifted land in the South.

Below is a short video that I prepared featuring the beautiful province of Misamis Occidental. Believe me when I say that this video does not give justice to what Misamis Occidental can offer. There is more to explore and discover in Misamis Occidental.

For high definition, watch this youtube post:

Misamis Occidental

The first time I joined the Department of Tourism’s media-familiarization trip was in January when we visited emerging tourist destinations in Malabon, Las Pinas and Paranaque.

Last February, I joined yet again the Department of Tourism and we flew all the way to Mindanao to discover and explore emerging tourist destinations in Misamis Occidental. With me were fellow travel bloggers, Josh Tanador of www.mgalaagnijosh.com and Sonya Sison and Carmela Nery of www.seekertravels.com.

Misamis Occidental is a province in Northern Mindanao. Oroquieta is the capital city. The two other component cities are Ozamiz and Tangub. In this three-day trip, I was able to quickly visit all cities and only four out of the fourteen municipalities, Clarin, Jimenez, Plaridel and Sapang Dalaga. I must say that it was such a short visit. There were so many places to see with so little time.

How to get there:

  • By Air: Daily flights to and from Cebu and Manila Ozamiz are available via Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific.
  • By Land: Air conditioned buses to and from Dipolog, Pagadian and Cagayan De Oro
  • By Sea: Regular trips to and from Cebu, Manila, Dipolog, Dumaguete and Tagbiliran

Ozamiz City

Ozamis City is nestled at the entrance of Pangil Bay. Behind Ozamiz City stands the 7,956 feet Mount Malindang and Mt. Malindang Range National Park, declared as an ASEAN National Park.

On February 27, 2018, we landed in Ozamiz City Airport at six thirty in the morning via Philippine Airlines. We were welcomed by the indefatigable Marketing and Promotions Manager of the Department of Tourism Region 10 Mr. Carlston Barcenella Maglangit.

February 27, 2018 Arrival in Ozamiz City
Ohzahmeez — with Joyce Rocamora, Josh Tanador,Carmela Nery and Josh Aguilo at Ozamiz City National Airport.

What made this trip extra special was meeting a good old friend, Bro. Arianwen Lopez. We were on board the same flight to Ozamiz. Bro. Arwee came from Manila to visit his family. He is with the De La Salle Brothers.

Me and Bro Arwee on board the same flight to Ozamiz City
Me and Bro Arwee on board the same flight to Ozamiz City
La Salle University in Ozamiz City
La Salle University in Ozamiz City

After retrieving our checked-in luggage, the group proceeded to the Royal Garden Hotel to check-in and freshen up.

Royal Garden Hotel in Ozamiz City
Royal Garden Hotel in Ozamiz City

Royal Garden Hotel is located on Burgos Street corner Zamora Street, Ozamiz City. Call +63-88-521-2888 or 2889 for booking and inquiries.

The Department of Tourism Regional Director Ms. May Salvana- Unchuan met us at the hotel. In no time, we were on our way and ready for a fun-filled day of touring Ozamiz City.

The Department of Tourism Regional Director Ms. May Salvana- Unchuan at the Fuerte De La Concepcion Y Del Triunfo or Cotta Fort
The Department of Tourism Regional Director Ms. May Salvana- Unchuan at the Fuerte De La Concepcion Y Del Triunfo or Cotta Fort

 

We also met the Ozamiz City Tourism Officer, Jaime Tomada. The tourist spots we visited in Ozamiz City were:

Cotta Fort & Shrine

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Also known as Fuerte de la Concepcion y del Triunfo, the Cotta Fort and Shrine was built by the Spaniards in 1755 to serve as a fortress to protect the region from pirates. It is one of the oldest historical structures in the province.

Fuerte De La Concepcion Y Del Triunfo of Cotta Fort
Fuerte De La Concepcion Y Del Triunfo of Cotta Fort in Ozamiz City
The Lighthouse of the Fuerte De La Concepcion Y Del Triunfo of Cotta Fort in Ozamiz City
The Lighthouse of the Fuerte De La Concepcion Y Del Triunfo of Cotta Fort in Ozamiz City
The Lighthouse of the Fuerte De La Concepcion Y Del Triunfo of Cotta Fort in Ozamiz City
The Lighthouse of the Fuerte De La Concepcion Y Del Triunfo of Cotta Fort in Ozamiz City
Me in my all-out effort to take a photo of the The Lighthouse of the Fuerte De La Concepcion Y Del Triunfo of Cotta Fort in Ozamiz City
Me in my all-out effort to take a photo of the Lighthouse of the Fuerte De La Concepcion Y Del Triunfo of Cotta Fort in Ozamiz City
The Fuerte de la Concepcion y del Triunfo or the Cotta Fort was built by the Spaniards in 1755 to serve as a fortress to protect the region from pirates.
The Fuerte de la Concepcion y del Triunfo or the Cotta Fort was built by the Spaniards in 1755 to serve as a fortress to protect the region from pirates.

The Cotta Fort houses the engraved image of the Our Lady of Triumph of the Cross which is visited by devotees from all over the country specially on its feast day, July 16.

The engraved image of the Our Lady of Triumph of the Cross at the Cotta Shrine is visited by devotees from all over the country specially on its feast day, July 16.
The engraved image of the Our Lady of Triumph of the Cross at the Cotta Shrine is visited by devotees from all over the country specially on its feast day, July 16.

Get a glimpse of the city’s rich history at the Ozamiz City Museum situated inside the Cotta Fort.

The Ozamiz City Museum is located inside Cotta Fort.
The Ozamiz City Museum is located inside Cotta Fort.
Michael Fuentes, Tourism Staff of Ozamiz City, giving us the city's brief history in the Ozamiz Museum.
Michael Fuentes, Tourism Staff of Ozamiz City, giving us the city’s brief history in the Ozamiz Museum.

Michael Fuentes, Tourism Staff of Ozamiz City, gave us a brief history of the city. He also showed the future plans for Cotta Shrine’s renovation.

Rodriguez Ancestral House

One of the ancestral houses located in Ozamiz City is the Rodriguez Residence, believed to have been visited by Dr. Jose Rizal, the National Hero of the Philippines, during his exile in Dapitan. We were welcomed by the house’s caretaker, Ms. Darsila Hoyohoy.

The Rodriguez Ancestral House is located in Barangay Aguada, Ozamiz City.
The Rodriguez Ancestral House is located in Barangay Aguada, Ozamiz City.
Me with Darsila Hoyohoy, caretaker of the Rodriguez Ancestral House
Me with Ms. Darsila Hoyohoy, caretaker of the Rodriguez Ancestral House
The Rodriguez Ancestral House is located in Barangay Aguada, Ozamiz City.
Ms. Darsila Hoyohoy, caretaker of the Rodriguez Ancestral House posing for a photo-opportunity.

Pipe Organ and the Immaculate Conception Cathedral

After visiting the Rodriguez Ancestral Residence, we proceeded to The Immaculate Conception Cathedral where the second biggest pipe organ in the Philippines and the biggest in Mindanao is found.

The Immaculate Conception Cathedral, completed in 1960, was originally designed by Filipino architect Leandro Locsin and renovated in 1997. It houses the Philippine's second biggest pipe organ and the biggest in Mindanao.
The Immaculate Conception Cathedral, completed in 1960, was originally designed by Filipino architect Leandro Locsin and renovated in 1997. It houses the Philippine’s second biggest pipe organ and the biggest in Mindanao.
Philippine's second biggest pipe organ and the biggest in Mindanao can be seen at the Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Ozamiz City
Philippine’s second biggest pipe organ and the biggest in Mindanao can be seen at the Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Ozamiz City

Mon’s Grill

We then had a quick refreshing stop at Mon’s Grill to taste their version of Halo-Halo (Mix-mix) dubbed as the World’s Best Halo-Halo. Halo-halo is a popular Filipino dessert made of shaved ice, evaporated milk and a variety of ingredients such as sweet beans, coconut, jelly, banana, sago pearls, sweet camote sometimes best topped with a scoop of ice cream and a spoonful of leche flan.

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Halo-halo (Mix-mix) is a popular Filipino dessert made of shaved ice, evaporated milk and a variety of ingredients such as sweet beans, coconut, jelly, banana, sago pearls, sweet camote sometimes best topped with a scoop of ice cream and a spoonful of leche flan. When I visited Misamis Occidental, I got to taste @monsgrillozamiz 's version of halo-halo dubbed as the World's Best Halo-Halo. Drooling yet? In this scorching heat, chill! Get yourself a halo-halo! #travelfood #traveltip #travelph #travelphotography #misamisoccidental #mindanao #itsmorefuninthephilippines #choosephilippines #wowphilippines #diginomads #wanderer #wanderlust #followforfollow #follow4follow #pinasmuna #pinoy #pilipinas #philippines

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Other places of interest in Ozamiz City that we missed to visit are:

  • Naomi’s Botanical Garden- a 9-hectare fruit and ornamental garden
  • Malindang Country Golf Course- located at the foot of Malindang Mountain
  • Bukagan Hill- located in Barangay Malaubang, 92 meters above sea level, where one can view the city of Ozamiz, Panguil Bay and Lanao del Norte Province
  • Regina Swimming Pool- a natural cold spring located 3 kilometers away from the city

I hope to visit Ozamiz City again when they celebrate the following festivals:

  • Subayan Keg Subanen Festival- July 15
  • Pilgrimage to the Cotta Shrine- July 16
  • Feast of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception- December 8
  • Sr. Sto. Nino Fluvial Parade- 4th of Sunday of January

Where to stay:

  • Royal Garden Hotel- Burgos corner Zamora Street, +63-88-521-2888/2889
  • Executive Hotel- Cebedo corner Gallardo Street- +63-88-521-0360
  • Asia Novotel- Rizal Avenue corner Valconcha Street, +63-88-564-2496
  • The Mu Manor- Circumferential Road, Aguada, +63-88-521-2552
  • Bethany Gardens- Bitoon, Bangkal, +63-88-521-0472
  • Naomis Tourist Inn- Banadero, +63-88-521-2441
  • Palace Hotel- Valconcha Street, +63-88-521-3239
  • GV Hotel- Port Road, +63-88-521-1353
  • Plaza Beatriz Hotel- Rizal Avenue, +63-88-521-1394
  • Goldern Horizon Pension House- Bernad Subdivision, +63-88-564-0331
  • Adriana’s Pensionne House- Juan Luna corner Parojinog Street, +63-88-545-0924
  • 67th Boulevard Pension House- Cebedo Street, +63-88-521-5893

Tangub City

Tangub City, formerly known us Regidor, is the Christmas Symbols Capital of the Philippines. Last February 28, the city celebrated its 50th charter anniversary. Indeed, it was the perfect time for us to visit.

Tangub City is an hour-drive from Ozamiz City. Upon arrival, we were welcomed by the Tourism Officer Ms. Baby Paller with a welcome lei and a passport to the Christmas Symbols Festival.

Belvedere

Before visiting the Christmas Symbols Festival, we went to the Belvedere (French for view deck) in Fertig Hills of Mt. Malindang. Situated at an altitude of 1100 meters above sea level, we got a 360-degree view of the virgin forests of Mt. Malindang and the whole Panguil Bay.

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The picturesque view of the Panguil Bay which can be seen on the way up the Fertig Hills.
The picturesque view of the Panguil Bay which can be seen on the way up the Fertig Hills.
Candid shot of Josh Aguilo of the Department of Tourism while enjoying the cool breeze and wonderful scenery of the Fertig Hills.
Candid shot of Josh Aguilo of the Department of Tourism while enjoying the cool breeze and wonderful scenery of the Fertig Hills.

 

From left to right: May Salvana- Unchuan, Department of Tourism Region 10 Regional Director; Hon. Henry Oaminal, District Representative Misamis Occidental 2nd District; Hon. Harry Roque, Jr., Appointed Presidential Spokesperson; Dr. Jenifer Tan and Mayor Philip Tan, Tangub City.
From left to right: May Salvana- Unchuan, Department of Tourism Region 10 Regional Director; Hon. Henry Oaminal, District Representative Misamis Occidental 2nd District; Hon. Harry Roque, Jr., Appointed Presidential Spokesperson; Dr. Jenifer Tan and Mayor Philip Tan, Tangub City.

The Presidential Spokesperson, the Honorable Secretary Harry Roque, was also at the Belvedere when we visited. Roque was invited to be Tangub’s Honored Golden Anniversary Guest Speaker during the Stadium Lights Show happening that night.

Christmas Symbols Festival

After spending a chill afternoon at the Belvedere, we headed back to the city proper for a quick visit to the Christmas Symbols Festival. Annually, Tangubanons take pride in showing off their creativity through the various Christmas Symbols that light up the plaza starting in the first week of December until the last week of January the following year. Although it was already February, most of the Christmas Symbols were still lit up.

Tangub City's Christmas Symbols Festival
Tangub City’s Christmas Symbols Festival
Tangub City's Christmas Symbols Festival
Tangub City’s Christmas Symbols Festival
Tangub City's Christmas Symbols Festival
Tangub City’s Christmas Symbols Festival

Stadium Lights Parade Festival

After dinner, we headed to the Tangub City Stadium to witness The Stadium Lights Parade Festival. This festival is a show that is participated in by schools and local and national government agencies all over Tangub City in celebration of the city’s charter anniversary celebration. When we arrived, the stadium was jam-packed. I was told that there must be about 50,000 people crowding the stadium. I also felt the excitement and high energy in the air. Of course, I came prepared. I brought my drone and got a go-signal from the organizers and the Department of Tourism to take some aerial footage.

I will update this blog as soon as I finish some quick edits on the aerial footage of some of the performances.

Tangub City's Stadium Lights Parade Festival
Tangub City’s Stadium Lights Parade Festival

The Lights Festival and Parade was a total feast for the eyes. The people’s effort and passion to participate in this annual event is truly admirable. Kudos to Tangub City and Happy 50th Anniversary!

We got back to the hotel close to midnight. What a fun-filled day for Day One. Oh, haven’t I told you? This was only Day One! LOL.

Other Festivals in Tangub City:

  • SobreMesa Summer Fair Festival- from 2nd week of April until end of May
  • Dalit Festival aka mother of festivals in Mindanao- September 29

I hope to be back in Tangub City when these places of interest open:

  • Panguil Bay Bridge- longest bridge in the Philippines after its completion
  • Migcanaway River Esplanade- longest river walk (5 km) in the country after its completion
  • Gardens of the World- only world-class garden in the Philippines within Mt. Malindang Range National Park, declared as an ASEAN National Park, will be opened by 2019.

For accommodation and reservations, contact the Tangub City Tourism Office at +63-88-545-0141.

Clarin

We started Day Two by having breakfast in Clarin. Clarin is a municipality just above Ozamiz City.

Clarin House of Suman

Ms. Novie Grace Reponte, the Tourism Officer of Clarin, brought us to Clarin House of Suman for breakfast and to know more about Clarin’s specialty, i.e., Suman.

Clarin House of Suman
Clarin House of Suman is a popular stop over for pasalubong (souvenir of gift) located along the highway.

Suman, a popular Filipino delicacy, is rice cake wrapped in banana leaves.

Suman, a popular Filipino delicacy, is rice cake wrapped in banana leaves.
Suman, a popular Filipino delicacy, is rice cake wrapped in banana leaves.

The Clarin House of Suman produces and sells thirteen (13) varieties:

  1. Suman Latik
  2. Suman Moron
  3. Suman Balintawak
  4. Suman Plain
  5. Suman Pinya
  6. Suman Nangka
  7. Suman Cheese
  8. Suman Choco
  9. Suman Ube
  10. Suman Ibus
  11. Suman Buko
  12. Suman Peanut
  13. Suman Mango
The Clarin House of Suman produces and sells thirteen (13) varieties of suman
The Clarin House of Suman produces and sells thirteen (13) varieties of suman

The Clarin House of Suman is a popular stop-over for pasalubong (gift or souvenir). It is located along the highway, hard to miss with its green exterior and a giant suman as a front pillar.

Clarin House of Suman
Clarin House of Suman

The Suman Production House is located just across the street. According to Ms. Rita Cajeta, Local Government Unit (LGU) Coordinator, they produce and sell an average of 2500 pieces of suman per day.

Now that was a lot of suman for me!

Me with my suman. Opo... mahangin sa labas. LOL.
Me with my suman. Opo… mahangin sa labas. LOL.

For orders, you may contact +63-946-9658222 or +63-917-440-7615.

Jimenez

After breakfast, we were back on the road for a thirty-minute drive to the municipality of Jimenez to visit the Church of St. John the Baptist, a National Cultural Treasure.

St. John The Baptist Church

The St. John The Baptist Church was declared a Natural Cultural Treasure of the Philippines in 2001. It is located at the Brgy. Poblacion, Jimenez, Misamis Occidental.

The St. John The Baptist Church in Jimenez, Misamis Occidental is a Natural Cultural Treasure of the Philippines.
The St. John The Baptist Church in Jimenez, Misamis Occidental is a Natural Cultural Treasure of the Philippines.

The church was completed in the late 1880s. It has a Baroque architecture, and built mostly from coral stone.

The St. John The Baptist Church in Jimenez, Misamis Occidental
The St. John The Baptist Church in Jimenez, Misamis Occidental
St; John the Baptist Church in Jimenez, Misamis Occidental
St; John the Baptist Church in Jimenez, Misamis Occidental also has a pipe organ.

St. John the Baptist Church in Jimenez, Misamis Occidental also has a pipe organ.

The Pipe Organ of the St. John the Baptist Church in Jimenez, Misamis Occidental
The Pipe Organ of the St. John the Baptist Church in Jimenez, Misamis Occidental

The church also houses a pipe organ.

The St. John the Baptist Church has a clock and bell tower. I am glad I went up the tower to see the bells up close and personal. The bells have inscriptions in Spanish! I was standing before objects of historical significance!

We then went to the Jimenez Municipal Hall, adjacent to the church, to have snacks.

Jimenez Municipal Hall
Jimenez Municipal Hall

We were served Jimenez’s version of Suman Luya or Suman flavored with ginger (see photos below from Cindy LaRosa). Yummy!

Quick stop for a snack at the Jimenez Municipal Hall
From left to right: Carlston Maglangit, Joyce Rocamora, Cindy LaRosa and May Salvana-Unchuan enjoying Suman flavored with ginger at the Jimenez Municipal Hall

 

RD May Salavana-Unchuan with her surprise birthday cake
RD May Salavana-Unchuan with her surprise birthday cake

The Mayor’s office and Tourism Officer Mr. Bong Abelidas, also had a surprise birthday cake for RD (Regional Director) May Salvana-Unchuan who celebrated her birthday on February 26, 2018.

Ancestral Houses

The heritage Municipality of Jimenez is also one of the best preserved colonial towns in the entire Philippines. That is why the local government is pushing it to be included in the UNESCO World Heritage List just like the historic city of Vigan.

Aldren Tac-An Nacion Residence
Aldren Tac-An Nacion Residence

We were able to visit one of the ancestral houses, the Aldren Tac-An Nacion Residence, built in 1914. The ground floor used to be the Bacarro Printing Press where the emergency money or Mickey Mouse money was printed during the Japanese Occupation.

Aldren Tac-An Nacion Residence
Aldren Tac-An Nacion Residence, built in 1914
Me with Ruth Sapalleda Garingo, cousin of the owner and caretaker of the Aldren Tac-An Nacion Ancestral House
Me with Ruth Sapalleda Garingo, cousin of the owner and caretaker of the Aldren Tac-An Nacion Ancestral House
Mickey Mouse Money on display inside the Aldren Tac-An Nacion Family Residence
Mickey Mouse Money on display inside the Aldren Tac-An Nacion Family Residence
The third floor of the Aldren Tac-An Nacion Residence
The third floor of the Aldren Tac-An Nacion Residence

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The municipality of Jimenez holds a rich and long history of the Philippines. This is the 3rd floor of Aldren Tac-An Nacion family residence built in 1914, just one of the many heritage houses in Jimenez. Notice the detail on top of each window? The sunrise symbolizes the house's warm welcome to the Japanese regime. On the ground floor was The Old Bacarro Printing Press where emergency money or Mickey Mouse money was printed during the Japanese occupation. Some of this money are still available for viewing at the second floor. More on my blog in my bio soon #itsmorefuninthephilippines #history #culture #heritage #jimenez #misamisoccidental #travelblog #travelph #choosephilippines #wowphilippines …. ….. ……. ……… ………. #travelblogger #joelandrada #joeljawsandrada #theskincareaddict #pinasmuna #wanderer #pinoy #wanderlust #natgeo #followforfollow

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Bong Abelidas, Tourism Officer for Jimenez, posing for a photo-opportunity.
Bong Abelidas, Tourism Officer for Jimenez, posing for a photo-opportunity at the Aldren

Camel Tree

Standing on the bank of the Jimenez River is what the town folks call the Enchanted Camel Tree. The people of Jimenez say that this tree bears different fruits depending on the season. There is a lot more going around town about this superstitious tree such as people hearing voices emanating from it. It is also believed that beautiful fair-skinned people live inside it.

Beside it is an instagrammable hanging bridge.

Jimenez Catholic Cemetery

Not far from the Camel Tree is the ancestral Jimenez Catholic Cemetery. This cemetery gave me the creeps when we visited. It has a stonewall partially covered with moss and other wild plants. Moreover, towering in the middle of this graveyard is a huge Balete Tree.

Jimenez Catholic Cemetery
Jimenez Catholic Cemetery

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The huge Balete Tree in the middle of the Jimenez Catholic Cemetery
The huge Balete Tree in the middle of the Jimenez Catholic Cemetery

Plaridel

From Jimenez, we drove for an hour and a half to the Municipality of Plaridel to visit Bawbawon (The Hidden Island).

Bawbawon Beach

To get to the island, we rode a boat for about ten (10) minutes from a dock that was near the legislative building of Plaridel… I think… I can’t remember… I was sleepwalking. I fell asleep during the road trip. LOL. I just found myself in the boat. LOL.

Bawbawon, Plaridel, Misamis Occidental

Anyway, it was a scenic route getting to Bawbawon Beach. So I took out my camera and started clicking away. It was the first time for me to see mangrove growing on white sand! Well, I am saying on white sand because how can mangrove grow in sand? I guess it must be growing in regular soil underneath all that white sand, right? Anyway, I hope you got my point. LOL. Just the same… How cool is that? I was totally mesmerized by the island’s raw and pure beauty. I got a lot of footage so I might just post a vlog soon about Bawbawon Beach– one of my favorite places in the Philippines.

Bawbawon, Plaridel, Misamis Occidental
Mangrove growing on (or in?) white sand

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Thanks to the Dept of Tourism @tourism_phl for tagging me along to visit emerging tourist destinations in the #Philippines so that I may share these to my family, friends and blog readers. This is me enjoying the sun, sand and sea of the Hidden Island of Plaridel, Misamis Occidental -the Bawbawon Island. It is still closed to the public as it undergoes preparations and "renovations" for its "grand opening" soon. Part of its preparation is community-education so it does not follow the tragedy that happened to Boracay. It also has mangroves growing on white sand. How cool is that? More on my blog soon #itsmorefuninthephilippines #travelblogger #travelphotography #travelph #pinasmuna #wanderer #wanderlust #pinoywanderer #joelandrada #theskincareaddict #nature #beach #sun #sand #sea #beachcomber #destinations #vacation #summer #tourist #tourism #pilipinas #ofw

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Bawbawon Beach is a protected area and is currently closed as they prepare the island for its grand opening soon. I hope I get to visit the island again when it opens.

After a sumptuous lunch in Bawbawon Beach, we headed back to the mainland to catch the sunset and have dinner in Sapang Dalaga. Thanks to Mercy Rentuza, the Tourism Officer of Plaridel for making sure we had a grand time on the island.

Sapang Dalaga

After thirty minutes, we arrived at the foot of the Caluya Shrine. We were welcomed by the Tourism Officer of Sapang Dalaga, Ms Melchoniza “Chin” Calago.

We rushed to catch the sunset. We climbed 198 steps more or less. Let me know when you visit how many steps it really is. LOL. When I got to the top, I was almost out of breath. Whew… me with my mini-production house on my back. But all the climbing was worth it. The view was breathtaking and the 45-foot-tall statue on a 10-foot-high pedestal with its open arms seemed to welcome me. The Caluya Shrine is a replica of Rio De Janeiro’s Christ The Redeemer. It stunningly stands on top of a hill at an elevation of 120 meters above sea level overlooking the Murcielagos Bay, Naputhas Island, Mount Malindang and Dioyo River.

Christ the Redeemer, Caluya Shrine, Sapang Dalaga, Misamis Occidental
Christ the Redeemer, Caluya Shrine, Sapang Dalaga, Misamis Occidental

Every second mattered. I prepared my drone for take-off while there was still daylight. The colors in this place was simply majestic!

Me in awe of the scenic view at the Caluya Shrine in Sapang Dalaga with Cindy LaRosa and RD May Salvana-Unchuan
Me in awe of the scenic view at the Caluya Shrine in Sapang Dalaga with Cindy LaRosa and RD May Salvana-Unchuan
Bloggers at the Caluya Shrine in Sapang Dalaga
Me with fellow bloggers Carmela Nery, Sonya Sison, Josh Tanador and Jay Valmonte
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Murcielagos Bay, Sapang Dalaga
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Murcielagos Bay, Sapang Dalaga

We had dinner in one of the floating cottages in the middle of Murcielagos Bay. No electricity and all but we had rechargeable lamps, cellphone flashlights, great food and company.

For bookings and reservations, contact the Sapang Dalaga Municipal Tourism Office at +63-938-295-8093 or their Facebook Page here.

Cottage Rates:

  • Php 500.00 – good for 15-20 persons
  • Php 1,000.00 – good for 50 persons
  • Php 2,000.00 – good for 75 persons

Other Charges:

  • Pump boat fare (back and forth) with life vests- Php 30.00 per person
  • Lifeguard fee- Php 100.00
  • Garbage bag- Php 20.00 with a deposit fee of Php 180.00

Notes:

  • You may bring your own trash bags. Be responsible of your food wastes and trash.
  • Cooking in the cottage is not allowed.

I hope to be back soon to see the 60-ft high Sapang Dalaga Falls. I also want to experience the Dioyo River Cruise.

Oroquieta

We spent our last night in Misamis Occidental in Costa Del Sol in Oroquieta City.

Costa Del Sol, Oroguieta City
Costa Del Sol, Oroguieta City

We did not have time to go around Oroquieta anymore. We were set to depart early morning the next day for Iligan City, Lanao Del Norte to visit Ma. Cristina Falls and have lunch the Pagana Maranao way before catching our flight back to Manila via Laguindingan International Airport in Cagayan De Oro, Misamis Oriental. I will be publishing another article soon about our quick but memorable trip to Iligan City, Lanao Del Norte.

And that is why I miss Misamis Occidental. We all cannot wait to be back. For more information about Misamis Occidental, click here for their website. They are also on Facebook and Instagram.

Back to Manila with our big bags of Clarin's Fish Crackers and lots of happy memories about Misamis Occidental.
Back to Manila with our big bags of Clarin’s Fish Crackers and lots of happy memories about Misamis Occidental.

Signing out for now. Peace!

TRAVEL | ZOOBIC “NIGHT” SAFARI 2018

It’s Zooper Zummer once again and of course, we are launching the only theme park activity at night which received a nice raved from the patrons.

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Stay awake, hear your heartbeat pounding, blood in your veins rushing as the rising excitement heightened in the night’s summer breeze. Zoobic Safari brings back the much awaited “Night Safari”, packed with more thrill and excitement. Discover your braver side and tour around this exotic sanctuary at night, the first of its kind in the Philippines.

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Gear up your nocturnal senses and prepare for a series of roaring nights of fun in visiting Zoobic Safari’sclassic attractions, Serpentarium; a wild encounter with snakes, lizards and iguanas, Zoobic Park, a walk-through petting zoo, Tiger Safari, an enclosed safari jeep ride that will take you to the tigers’ natural habitat, Croco Loco, a crocodile lair where you will have a chance to feed them. Take a walk together with the greyhounds and follow the night trail in Greyhound Walk.. Enjoy a different and bolder show specially prepared for the night’s entertainment; expect an explosive presentation that will surely growl your mind away.

Zoobic Donkeys

Anticipate a wilder quest as Zoobic Safari offers you its latest feral attraction, the Lion Safari on a day adventure. Witness these ferocious Kings of the Jungle up close and more intimidating.

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RATES

Package 1: Entrance with 8 activities
Php 695 – Adult
Php 595 – Kids 4 ft and below, FREE – Kids 3 ft and below
Inclusions:

  • Night Safari Tour (Zoobic Park, Serpentarium, Zoobic Cave, Forbidden Cave, Tiger Safari Ride, Greyhound Walk, Croco Loco) for approximately 2 hours.
  • Zooper Tram
  • Night Safari Jungle Show

 

Package 2: Zoolit Booklet
Php 399 / Booklet
FREE – Kids 3 ft and below
Inclusions:

  • 6- 50% off entrance tickets
  • 6- Buy 1 take 1 entrance tickets
  • 2- 50% off hotel accommodation (Azotea in Makati, Tiara Hotel in Subic, Residence Inn Tagaytay)
  • 1- Free Zing Zipline ride (Residence Inn/ Paradizoo/ Zoocobia)
  • 1- Free Photo (Worth Php295)
  • 1- Free Zooc Ride (Zoocobia)
  • 1- 30% off discount (Restaurant)
  • 1- 40% off Souvenir shop

 

Package 3: ZOOBIC NIGHT SAFARI AT 30% OFF!
NIGHT SAFARI TOUR INCLUSIONS:

  • Zoobic Park
  • Serpentarium
  • Tiger Safari Ride
  • Croco Loco
  • Greyhound Walk
  • Forbidden Cave
  • Zoobic Cave
  • Enchanted Forest
  • Butaan Museum
  • Tram Ride
  • Night Safari Show
  • Children below 3 ft. is FREE!; 3 ft.- 4 ft is child rate; 4 ft. above is adult rate

Acceptance of guests starts at 5PM up to 8PM only. Night Safari show starts at 8PM.

Regular rates apply for walk in guests. To avail the 30% discount, buy your tickets online at https://www.zoomanitypayment.com/ticketing/reservation/tickets/zoobic-safari/night-safari-

Book online at Zoobic Safari’s official payment portal: www.zoomanitypayment.com
All Saturdays from Mar 3, 2018 to May 26, 2018.
Payment options:

  1. Over-the-counter payment at BDO
  2. Credit card
  3. ATM / Debit card
  4. PayPal

Experience the wild nights and see the other side of time of the animal kingdom.

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For inquiries contact 09778978877 or visit www.zoomanity.com.ph. TAG Media and Public Relations handles Zoomanity Group for Marketing, Branding, Public Relations, Events and Promotions.

The opinions, representations and statements made within this guest article are those of the author and not of  http://www.joelandrada.com as a whole. Any copyright remains with the author and any liability with regard to infringement of intellectual property rights remain with them. This blog site accepts no liability for any errors, omissions or representations. Featured images were provided by client.

DRONESCAPADES, DRONE FEATURES & PINOYDRONES

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Photography by Jomar Lansang of Olivia’s The Coffee Estate in Amadeo, Cavite, Philippines
I bring my drone whenever I travel, hence, the hashtag dronescapades and the logo.
Despite the difficulty of riding a jam-packed public utility vehicle, I carry two backpacks, one for my drone and another for my videography gadgets and personal effects. I have seen passengers giving me weird glances, even staring at my drone backpack that is “sitting” next to me. Yes, I would pay extra so my drone can have a dedicated seat inside the jeepney or bus. LOL.
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I must admit. Guilty as charged! I am not a light traveler because I bring with me a mini-production house. My brother and fellow travel bloggers can attest to this. Why do I go to such great lengths? Well, I want to capture the whole experience by getting not just ground but also aerial and underwater footage whenever possible.
Pinoy Drones

And because of my affinity to drones, I have been tapped by Pinoydrones to be their partner. Founded in July 2016, Pinoydrones is a distributor of drones with trading partners in various areas in the Philippines.

Expect future blog posts featuring the various drones that Pinoydrones carry. My coupon code is JOEL20. My blog readers can use this to avail of discounts when they purchase from Pinoydrones.
Signing out for now. Peace!
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OLIVIA’S THE COFFEE ESTATE

Are you looking for a place for that much awaited family outing, couple getaway or team building? Well, Olivia’s The Coffee Estate might be a good choice for you.

The Coffee Estate is a family-owned-and-operated townhouse located in Amadeo, Cavite, Philippines.
The Coffee Estate is a family-owned-and-operated townhouse located in Amadeo, Cavite, Philippines.

The Coffee Estate is located in the Coffee Capital of the Philippines, Amadeo, Cavite. Five minutes away from Tagaytay.

Amadeo, Cavite is the Coffee Capital of the Philippines.
Amadeo, Cavite is the Coffee Capital of the Philippines.

Here is what I like about The Coffee Estate:

  • Free freshly ground coffee
  • Five minutes away from Tagaytay
  • Family-owned-and-operated
  • Hospitable room accommodations
  • Cottages
  • Sumptuous affordable gourmet food
  • Relaxing wellness spa
  • Outdoor jacuzzi and swimming pool
  • Spacious activity area (2nd and 3rd floors)
  • Basketball court
  • Pasalubong center
  • Videoke (until 10 PM per city ordinance)
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Me enjoying the aroma of freshly ground coffee of Olivia’s Coffee

Below is a short video showcasing why I love Olivia’s The Coffee Estate and why I can not wait to be back with my family.

RESORT PACKAGES

The Coffee Estate offers the following packages:

Family Room- P 12,500.00

  • Check-in is at 2 PM and check-out is 12 noon the next day
  • Already includes entrance fees for twenty (20) persons
  • Includes two (2) Family Rooms. Each room has two (2) Queen Size beds and two (2) extra mattresses
  • Includes complimentary use of the terrace
Me enjoying the cool Tagaytay breeze at the Terrace of The Coffee Estate
Me enjoying the cool Tagaytay breeze at the Terrace of The Coffee Estate

Day Swimming- P 2,000.00

  • From 8 AM to 8 PM
  • Already includes entrance fees for ten (10) persons
Outdoor swimming pool and jacuzzi of The Coffee Estate
Outdoor swimming pool and jacuzzi of The Coffee Estate

Garden Room- P 2,500.00

  • Already includes entrance fees for two (2) persons

Should you wish to extend, extension fee is P 300 per hour. There is also an additional fee of P 150 per extra person.

If you prefer to bring your own food, you may do so. They offer complimentary use of gas stove, griller and refrigerator.

Olivia's Coffee Shop in Bucal, Amadeo, Cavite
Olivia’s Coffee Shop in Bucal, Amadeo, Cavite

However, I would recommend that you try their affordable gourmet food prepared by the Celebrity Chef himself, AJ Senido, no less.

Celebrity Chef AJ Senido
Celebrity Chef AJ Senido

Visiting Olivia’s Coffee Shop in Bucal, a stone’s throw away from The Coffee Estate, completed my coffee experience. I learned so much about coffee, its origin and its varieties. Thanks to Nathaniel Tolentino for generously sharing his expertise.

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Nathaniel Tolentino here discussing the varieties of coffee.

WELLNESS SPA (Available only on weekdays)

What I enjoyed the most during my stay in this cozy nook was their Wellness Spa. I got to relax in the pampering aroma and goodness of a full-body coffee scrub.

They have the following spa services:

  • Shiatsu Massage for one (1) hour- P 350.00
  • Swedish Massage for one (1) hour- P 300.00
  • Combination Massage for one (1) hour- P 500.00

Add-on’s: Ventosa- P 50.00; Stone- P 100.00

  • Body Scrub- P 600.00
  • Face Mask- P350.00

Or, you may get the Special Package for only P 1,350.00 which includes Combination Massage, Face Mask and Body Scrub.

PASALUBONG CENTER

Within the compound of The Coffee Estate is a Pasalubong Center where you can buy Olivia’s Coffee and other Filipino delicacies and snacks.

VENUE FOR EVENTS

The Coffee Estate is also a perfect venue for events like weddings, debuts and birthday parties. They have the following available packages so you can create lasting and beautiful memories with your loved ones:

Event Venue- P 25,000

  • Includes the garden and pool side as venues
  • Complimentary use of parking
  • Overnight stay  for the bride and groom
  • Complimentary use of the swimming pool for ten (10) persons

Venue with Aisle On Pool- P 50,000.00

  • Includes a wedding aisle in the middle of the pool
  • Includes the garden and pool side as venues
  • Complimentary use of parking
  • Overnight stay  for the bride and groom
  • Complimentary use of the swimming pool for ten (10) persons

Venue with Buffet- P 1,000 per head

  • Minimum of 100 guests
  • Buffet menu selection
  • Includes the garden and pool side as venues
  • Complimentary use of parking
  • Overnight stay for the bride and groom
  • Complimentary use of the swimming pool for ten (10) persons

Special Package- P 1,300 per head

  • Minimum of 100 guests
  • Includes a wedding aisle in the middle of the pool
  • Buffet menu selection
  • Includes the garden and pool side as venues
  • Complimentary use of parking
  • Wedding gifts for the Bride and Groom
  • A bottle of sparkling wine
  • Three-tier wedding cake
  • Wedding venue set-up including decorative cage and a pair of doves

HOW TO GET THERE:

I stayed at The Coffee Estate last February 24, 2018. I went with my fellow Travel Bloggers Karla and Rona. We met up in SM Light Mall in EDSA-Boni.

Along EDSA-Boni, we took the bus going to Dasmarinas. Bus fare was P58.00. You may opt to take the bus heading towards Trece Martirez or Indang.

After two hours of bus ride, we got off at McDonald’s Pala-Pala and rode a jeepney to take us to Manggahan. The jeepney fare was P10.00 per head.  We met up with the rest, Jerny, Franco and Thea, at KFC Manggahan, General Trias, Cavite  and rode The Coffee Estate’s van going to The Coffee Estate.

In case no van is picking you up, just look for a jeepney heading to Amadeo and tell the driver to drop you off at Olivia’s Coffee Shop in Bucal, Amadeo, Cavite. Enter the coffee shop and tell the restaurant staff that you are checking in. A ride will come pick you up. The ride to the resort will take no more than five minutes.

For bookings, call +63-925-6866363 or email olivias_coffee@yahoo.com. They also have a Facebook Page.

Me, Rona and Jerny enjoying our cups of freshly ground Olivia's Coffee at The Coffee Estate one fine morning
Me, Rona and Jerny enjoying our cups of freshly ground Olivia’s Coffee at The Coffee Estate one fine morning

Special shout out to Jomar Lansang for taking amazing photos during our stay. Here’s one:

Photography by Jomar Lansang of The Coffee Estate
Photography by Jomar Lansang of The Coffee Estate

Signing out for now. Peace!

 

 

 

PULLMAN KL BANGSAR HOTEL IS NOT JUST A BUSINESS HOTEL

Last month, I visited Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to attend a meeting with a prospective client. Aside from blogging, I do marketing and business development consultancy work for a number of multinational companies.

After confirming the meeting dates with the client, I immediately contacted my fellow travel blogger Erica Poyauan to help me find a decent and affordable accommodation that should be near the meeting venue, i.e., the Pullman KL Bangsar Hotel. Fortunately, Erica was able to book a deluxe room for me at the same hotel at very friendly rates. I only paid USD 71 per night. That was a total bargain for a five-star hotel accommodation.

It was my second visit to the Pullman KL Bangsar Hotel. The last time was two years ago to attend a major conference conducted by the company I used to work for and I had a good experience then so I was pretty excited to go back. On both occasions, too, I saw groups and groups of tourists billeted in the hotel.

Pullman KL Bangsar Hotel is not just a business hotel. It offers amenities that are conducive to tourists alike. The hotel is strategically located in the center of the commercial and entertainment hub of Bangsar. It is only 5 minutes away from Mid Valley Mega Mall, a shopping destination. It is easily accessible to all major parts of the city via the Kerinchi Light Rapid Transit train and KL Sentral Station- KLIA Express Train.

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View outside the window of my room at the Pullman KL Bangsar Hotel: The Universiti LRT Station.
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Me at the Mid Valley Mega Mall to catch up with old buddy Dale Dizon . Dale works for Air Asia.

Pullman KL Bangsar Hotel has 513 rooms and suites. It offers the following amenities:

  • Internet access in the room (WiFi and wired)
  • Complimentary mineral water in the room
  • Iron and ironing board available in the room
  • Safety deposit box
  • Minibar
  • iPod docks
  • TV with cable channels
  • Free accommodation and breakfast for up to 1 child under 12 years old sharing the parents room (by using existing bedding, or if room is large enough, a crib or a roll away bed)
  • 24-hour room service
  • Free Wifi in public areas
  • Free shuttle to KL Sentral
  • Access to the fitness center
  • Access to the outdoor pool
  • Free self parking
  • Designated smoking areas
  • Executive lounge access extended to children

The room I stayed in was spacious and clean. It had an urban and modern interior design. Everything in the room smelled new and fresh from the linens to the towels. The air conditioning was functioning properly, too.

Deluxe Room, Pullman KL Bangsar Hotel
Deluxe Room, Pullman KL Bangsar Hotel
Deluxe Room, Pullman KL Bangsar Hotel
Deluxe Room, Pullman KL Bangsar Hotel
Deluxe Room, Pullman KL Bangsar Hotel
Deluxe Room, Pullman KL Bangsar Hotel

Hotel slippers and toiletries were provided compliments of the hotel.

Complimentary bottled water, coffee and tea
Complimentary bottled water, coffee and tea

Instead of a wall, the toilet and bath had a window. For privacy, just draw the blinds.

Toilet and bath of a Deluxe Room at the Pullman KL Bangsar Hotel
Toilet and bath of a Deluxe Room at the Pullman KL Bangsar Hotel
Toilet with nearby telephone for convenience
Toilet with nearby telephone for convenience
Free toiletries replenished daily
Free toiletries replenished daily
Me enjoying the aroma of my oriental noodles soup that I ordered from room service.
Me enjoying the aroma of my oriental noodles soup from room service.

There is also a convenient store on the lower ground floor of the hotel open 24 hours. How convenient is that?

Circle K Convenient Store at the lower ground floor of Pullman KL Bangsar Hotel
Circle K Convenient Store at the lower ground floor of Pullman KL Bangsar Hotel

The pool is located on the 4th floor along with the spa and gym. Complimentary use of fresh towels for swimming pool goers are available at the fitness center counter.

The outdoor pool, fitness center and spa are located on the 4th floor of the Pullman KL Bangsar Hotel
The outdoor pool, fitness center and spa are located on the 4th floor of the Pullman KL Bangsar Hotel
The outdoor pool of Pullman KL Bangsar Hotel
The outdoor pool of Pullman KL Bangsar Hotel
Poolside of Pullman KL Bangsar Hotel
Poolside of Pullman KL Bangsar Hotel
Poolside of Pullman KL Bangsar Hotel
Poolside of Pullman KL Bangsar Hotel
Entrance to the fitness center which is located at the 4th floor of Pullman KL Bangsar Hotel
Pullman KL Bangsar Hotel’s fitness center is located on the 4th floor.

Further, Pullman KL Bangsar Hotel has an Executive Lounge and a Business Center to cater to your business needs. It has three restaurants and six bars.

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The Reception Area of Pullman KL Bangsar Hotel are manned by courteous and accommodating staff.

When I visited, the hotel lobby was adorned with Chinese lanterns in time for Chinese New Year.

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Chinese lanterns serve as the hotel lobby’s centerpiece in time for the celebration of the Chinese New Year
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The Reception Area and the Lobby of Pullman KL Bangsar Hotel

HOW TO GET TO PULLMAN KL BANGSAR HOTEL… FAST!

Below is a vlog of my commute from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) Terminal 2 to Pullman KL Bangsar Hotel upon arrival:

In case you do not have time to watch the vlog, here’s how to get there via the KLIA Express Train:

  1. Upon arrival at KLIA 1 or KLIA 2, proceed to the KLIA Express Train Station. A one way ticket to KL Sentral costs MYR 55.00
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KLIA Express Train Station at the KLIA Terminal 2

2. The commute via KLIA Express takes about 28 minutes from KLIA Terminal 2 to KL Sentral. At the KL Sentral Station, look for the MRT Terminal that will bring you to the Universiti Station. Train Token is MYR 2.00

3. From the Universiti Station, Pullman KL Bangsar Hotel is a mere 10-minute leisure walk.

KLIA Express Train One Way Ticket costs MYR 55.00
KLIA Express Train’s One Way Ticket from KLIA Terminal 2 to KL Sentral Train Station costs MYR 55.00.

For booking inquiries, visit Pullman KL Bangsar Hotel’s website here. They also have a Facebook Fan Page.

Signing out for now. Peace!

Me waiting for my cab at the Transportation Desk of Pullman KL Bangsar Hotel on my way to Mid Valley Mega Mall
Me waiting for my cab at the Transportation Desk of Pullman KL Bangsar Hotel on my way to Mid Valley Mega Mall

Note that the route I took walking from the Universiti Train Station to Pullman KL Bangsar Hotel may not be the best route if you have a lot of pieces of luggage with you. Take the route below instead. Thanks to Pullman KL Bangsar Fan Page for this suggestion. It only shows how they truly care for their guests.

EAT OR EEK? | NOBU MANILA’S SEVEN-COURSE MEAL

Verdict: EAT!

If you are into authentic Japanese cuisine, then you have to try Nobu Restaurant located at the Level 1 of Nobu South Tower, City of Dreams Manila, Aseana Boulevard corner Macapagal Avenue Brgy.Tambo, Paranaque City. They serve Nobu-unique modern Japanese dishes fused with Peruvian influences.

On February 21, 2018, I had the most wonderful opportunity to feast on a specially prepared seven-course meal comprised of both cold and hot dishes at the world’s most recognized Japanese restaurant Nobu Restaurant . Thanks to Blogapalooza for inviting me to dine and meet with fellow Travel and Lifestyle bloggers.

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Me having a blast and fantastic food at the world famous Nobu Restaurant

I arrived with fellow travel blogger Erica Poyauan of thegirlwiththemujihat.com. We met up in the SM Mall of Asia and grabbed a cab to get to the City Of Dreams.

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Selfie with Erica Poyauan by the Sushi Bar of the Nobu Restaurant.

At the reception area, we were welcomed with the usual Japanese greeting  “Irasshaimase!” or “welcome to the store” in English by the accommodating staff.

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The Nobu Restaurant Staff, all clad in black with warm smiles, gladly posing for the camera.

Nobu Restaurant’s classic and orderly ambiance coupled with the fine luxuries of a five-star hotel no less got me transported back in time when I last visited Japan in May 2016.

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Me doing the “blogger pose”.

Erica and I were then escorted by the Restaurant Manager, Ms. Melanie Dimayuga, to the patio area to meet the rest.

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Nobu Restaurant’s Constant Haloot (Assistant Restaurant Manager)  and Melanie Dimayuga (Restaurant Manager) posing for the camera
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Diners may also opt for al fresco at the Nobu Restaurant Manila

In no time, we were asked to proceed inside where a private dining area was reserved for us. I found the chefs at the sushi bar busy preparing the meals for the guests. Despite that, they agreed to pause and pose for a photo opportunity.

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Sushi Bar, Nobu Restaurant Manila
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Sushi Bar, Nobu Restaurant Manila
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Sushi Bar and Dining Area, Nobu Restaurant Manila
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Chefs at work, Nobu Restaurant Manila
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Chefs pausing and posing for a photo opportunity

Nobu Restaurant Manila has a total seating capacity of two hundred ninety one (291) people. They have two (2) private dining rooms and two (2) Teppanyaki tables.

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Dining Area near the entrance of the Nobu Restaurant Manila
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Nobu Restaurant Manila has a total seating capacity of two hundred ninety one (291) people.
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Dining area of the Nobu Restaurant Manila
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Teppanyaki table, Nobu Restaurant Manila
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Nobu Restaurant Manila also has a separate bar where guests can order sake and other alcoholic beverages

They are open daily and below are their operating hours:

Breakfast
6:00 AM – 10:30 AM | Monday to Saturday
6:00 AM – 10:00 AM | Sunday

Sunday Brunch
11:30 AM – 3:00 PM | Sunday

Happy Hour
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM | Everyday

Dinner
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM | Monday to Thursday
6:00 PM – 11:00 PM | Friday to Sunday

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Photo opportunity with fellow travel and lifestyle bloggers and friends from Blogapalooza.

To me, the seating arrangement was impeccable because we all got to sit next to someone whom we were meeting for the first time. It was a riot sitting between Me-An Clemente  and  Janelle Lazo Tee as we indulged our way to the very end of this seven-course meal. I might just post a vlog soon.

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Nobu Manila’s Seven-Course Meal Menu. IMPRESSIVE. Got my taste buds all excited!

Each one of us got an Origami bird placed next to the menu of the seven-course meal. I must say that the meal selection consisted of seafood, vegetables and Wagyu meat to name a few got me and my taste buds excited! I am no food connoisseur and I will not pretend to be one. Hence, I will be sharing with you how I visualized my taste buds’ reactions to the food assuming that my taste buds had a mind of their own. So here it goes…

ZENSAI

We started with Zensai or  hors d’oeuvre in Nihon-go. Do not be deceived. This small and seemingly simple “taco” dish was explosive. The adage “size does not matter” seemed appropriate to describe it. It prepared my taste buds for what was to come. My taste buds were pretty much warmed-up for some jumping-for-joy moments! #smallbutyummy

Zensai or hors d'oeuvre in Nihon-go
Zensai or hors d’oeuvre in Nihon-go. Do not be deceived. This small and seemingly simple “taco” was explosive. It prepared my taste buds for what it was to come.

FIRST COURSE: SASHIMI DUO

The first course consisted of two equally strong dishes, the Yellow Tail Jalapeno & the Oyster New Style. #notonebuttwo

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First Course: SASHIMI DUO Those oysters were to die for from slurp to burp. The yellow tail jalapeno was spot on. Naks parang #masterchef

Oyster New Style 

I had second thoughts of eating the oysters out of fear of getting an upset stomach. I first sniffed one oyster. The aroma that filled my nostrils was reminiscent of my growing up years in the province of Pangasinan.  And the next practical step for me was to open my mouth and succumb to it. Me-An told me that the best way to eat it is to suck and slurp. So I slurped the second one till I burped as  my taste buds swayed to some calming music. #maalaalamokaya

By the way, the Kumamoto Oysters originated from Japan. They were brought to and raised in Australia just to end up in my mouth. #yunlang

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Janelle and Joel Slurping an Oyster
Janelle and me doing the slurp-to-burp

Yellow Tail Jalapeno

Next stop was the Yellow Tail Jalapeno. Oh, did I mention that this was just the first course? LOL.

The Yellow Tail or Dalagang Bukid in Filipino melted in my mouth. It was that good that my taste buds were in full synchronicity bowing their heads while chanting in complete unison “we are not worthy” as this world famous sashimi blanketed my palette. #grabesya

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Yellow Tail Jalapeno

Further, the first course came with a pickled relish that cleansed and prepared my palette for the next course.

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Me about to devour this pickled relish to cleanse the palette

SECOND COURSE: CHEF’S CHOICE SUSHI

The second course was composed of assorted Nigiri and Spicy Tuna Crispy Rice placed on a rectangular plate that was almost two feet in length.

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From left to right: Tamago or egg omelette with white fish and shrimp, Anago (sea water eel) cooked tempura-style, Tasmanian salmon sushi, Lapu-lapu sushi and crispy sticky rice topped with spicy tuna.
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Me and Me-An showing off the length of the plate

I asked the waiter where to begin. Do I start from the left to right or otherwise? No further instructions were given. I guess I just got to trust my gut on this one. My taste buds could not agree more as they prepared for this delightful marathon. My taste buds said, “STOP over thinking and just get one ASAP!” #nowna #walanaakongmasabi #bastamasarap

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Second Course: CHEF’S CHOICE SUSHI
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Me-An looking so excited to munch on that crispy sticky rice topped with spicy tuna

THIRD COURSE: SASHIMI SALAD

The last of the cold dishes, this salad was composed of a lightly sheared big-eyed tuna with mixed greens and Matsuhisa dressing. People close to me know that I am not fond of eating just raw fish. I have always preferred Sushi over Sashimi. But my taste buds told my eyes to close and leave the tasting to them and told my mouth to shut up and partake! And I did… happy I did. That Matsuhisa dressing complemented the tuna.

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Third Course: SASHIMI SALAD
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Sharing is caring. Ace Gapuz of Blogapalooza getting a piece of Lee Rosales’s (not in photo) Tuna Tataki as Zandy Palisoc hands over the plate while Kenneth Surat looks on and is just having a grand time enjoying his meal.
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Susi Chef Kirika Oi of Nobu Restaurant Manila briefly discussing his selection of cold dishes

FOURTH COURSE: PAN ROASTED SNAPPER

The fourth course introduced us to the first hot dish. The perfectly pan-roasted Snapper or Maya-maya in Filipino resting on that golden stash of Miso butter and mixed vegetables such as bok choy, baby corn and shitake star drizzled with sweet chili cilantro sauce on top was a bomb!

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Fourth Course: PAN ROASTED SNAPPER

“Aaaawww, poor little fish looks so unhappy”, I said. My taste buds did not care and by this time decided to do the Zumba with zest!

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Fourth Course: PAN ROASTED SNAPPER Miso butter, sweet chili cilantro sauce, bok choy, baby corn, shitake star Hot meal time! That perfectly cooked fish resting on that golden stash of goodness was a bomb! “Aaaawww, poor little fish looks so unhappy”, I said. My taste buds did not care and were doing the Zumba.

FIFTH COURSE: AKA MISO BRAISED WAGYU CHEEKS

The fifth course was Aka Miso Braised Wagyu Cheeks with Soba noodles, onsen egg and Kizami nori. After devouring the succulent pan-roasted Maya-maya, I was already full to the brim. But my taste buds were now out of control and mounting a mass picket.

“Wag you ako pigilan… wag ako… “, they clamored.

“Besides, wagyu is wagyu so why not?”, they added.

#Nagwawalanasila #paEDSAnasila

5th Course: AKA MISO BRAISED WAGYU CHEEKS
Fifth Course: AKA MISO BRAISED WAGYU CHEEKS Soba noodles, onsen egg, kizami dori By this time, I was full to the brim. Wag you ako pigilan… wag ako… sabi ng taste buds ko. Besides, wagyu is wagyu so why not? Nagwawala na sila!

SIXTH COURSE: BLACK COD HOT POT

This clear soup looked all too simple but this sixth course cannot be undermined. I thought it was going to be bland and boring. Well, I thought wrong. As always, when it comes to food, the final verdict rests on the sense of taste and not of sight. The perfect blend of tofu, mixed mushrooms and negi was just right to settle down the joyous chaos experienced by my taste buds from the first course to the fifth. The sixth course also made sure that my taste buds had a good cool down, ready for dessert.

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Sixth Course: BLACK COD HOT POT tofu, mixed mushrooms, negi. Again… DECEPTIVE. This clear soup looked too simple. I thought it was going to be bland and boring. I thought wrong. #akonalanglagi By this time gusto ko na matuto ng Nihongo

SEVENTH COURSE: MISO CAPPUCCINO

Delightfully satisfied with the six courses I just had, I thought that there was nothing better to cap the night than a cup of coffee to get me going on my way home.

And so I picked up the spoon intending to mix that cappuccino.

“This cup of coffee is too small for me”, I thought.

Lo and behold, it was not a coffee beverage. I guess I was not being attentive to John Christian Ochoa when he served the last course. Or was it Fidel Cebreros? I can not recall. I was too engrossed sipping my soup that I missed the detailed introduction and whoever delivered it. LOL.

Being a sweet-tooth myself, I must say that this Miso Cappuccino is probably one of the best desserts I have ever had. The candied pecan loaded at the bottom of that vanilla miso custard revved up my already calm taste buds. They stood at attention as they crazily waited for that spoonful to land in my mouth. I finished this last course in less than two minutes! We (my taste buds and I) wanted to ask for seconds. LOL.

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Seventh Course: MISO CAPPUCCINO candied pecan, vanilla miso custard I thought I was having only coffee to cap the 7-course meal… again… I was wrong… #akalamolang mali na naman ako… ang sarap nito!!! nasa loob ang kulo kumbaga! You gotta dig deep!

Truth be told, this Miso Cappuccino got us all energized that we just kept on and on with our exchanges. We went around the restaurant to take more selfies and photos of the place, too.

Check out our Instagram and Facebook accounts for more. LOL.

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Nobu Restaurant’s Head Chef Michael De Jesus paying us a visit to make sure that we enjoyed the seven-course meal specially prepared for us (Video Screen Shot)

It was already past 10:30 in the evening when we decided to call it a night. We started dinner at seven. We had so much fun that I lost track of time. I did not expect that this was going to be a seven-to-eleven seven-course dinner affair.

Erica and I were among the last ones to leave the venue. We took the 11 PM City Of Dreams bus en route to the SM Mall of Asia and went our separate ways. I got home feeling great and not overfed. Tucking into bed, I messaged my brother in Dubai who is a big fan of Japanese cuisine to tell him that we visit Nobu Restaurant Manila the next time he comes home. He said yes and even commented on my Facebook post that featured the photos of the seven-course meal.

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Oh, by the way, I did not get an upset stomach.

 

For reservations:

Call: +632 800 8080 (24 hours) +632 691 2882, +632 691 2885

Email: ​noburestaurant@cod-manila.com

Signing out for now. Peace!

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Candid shot by Erica Poyauan at the Sushi Bar of the Nobu Restaurant Manila

TRAVEL | Bric’s Bellagio Collection: The Harmony of Fashion and Function

 

 

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The most sophisticated travellers set their eyes on the most luxurious destinations and covet only the most premium experiences and amenities: a relaxing cruise in St. Tropez, a ski trip in Zermatt, Switzerland or a weekend beach trip in the Bahamas.

When it comes to their preferred travel luggage, the most privileged clienteles demand timeless beauty that stands out, and dependable durability that supports their jet setting lifestyle.

Italian heritage brand Bric’s captures the perfect balance between breathtaking fashion elegance and reliable functionality with its core collection, Bellagio.

The vintage-looking Bellagio collection recalls classic travel bags and the tradition of elegant travel trunks, whose merit is the perfect recovery of such flavors in an item of groundbreaking functionality, strength, and lightness.

Bellagio is recognized by its vaguely squared shape with a somewhat retro allure, enhanced by leather details, like the straps that characterize the front frame and cover the corners.

Each piece from the collection oozes with functional style. The compact luggage’s exterior is made of high-performance polycarbonate trolleys in four sizes – light, convenient, strong, functional and handy. Smooth Japanese wheels, a convenient and ultra-light tow, a new TSA lock, leather-coated handles are just a few of the structural pluses of this line.

In order to satisfy the need for neatness, comfort and lightness, the interior’s structure has a soft lining with herringbone pattern; both compartments are closed with a zipper and hook respectively to allow perfect arrangement of items and clothes which ensures maximum storage options.

Meanwhile, a hook for the garment bag is provided, but the latter was intentionally not included to avoid too much weight in case this option is not desired by the client. A sleek and small hot-printed leather pocket is also included which bears the Bric’s name and recalls the company’s experience in travel items: Italian travel bags and fine leather goods since 1952.

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Bric’s Bellagio Collection

Leather is used abundantly to enhance the precious craft manufacture of this product, also shown by the leather’s grain and by the exposed stitching in contrasting yarns. There are different colors available, all with tan leather trimmings: cream, blue, black and olive green. New colors: shiny red and shiny grey.

Ultimately, Bellagio simply embodies the harmony of fashion and function in its elegant range of trolleys characterized by utter functionality, deliberately designed and created as “cross-products” of Bric’s in that the selected colors allow matching with other Bric’s travel lines: Life for olive green and red, Magellano for black, and Firenze for cream.

These lines, in fact, offer a variety of carry-ons and semi-stiff trolleys in the same hues to perfectly match with Bellagio and thus create sets that fit all types of journeys and transfers and respond to various needs of modern travelers.

The collection is available in SM Aura Premier, Shangri-la Plaza Mall, Ayala Center Cebu. Bric’s luxury luggage is distributed in the Philippines by Beawmont Distributions Inc.

For more details about Bric’s Bellagio collection, visit www.facebook.com/bricsphilippines.